from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Oppressed; tyrannized.
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- adj. Opressed, persecuted or subjugated.
- adj. Trodden down.
- v. Past participle of downtrod
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Trodden down; trampled upon; tyrannized over.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. abused or oppressed by people in power
One of the Bible's best-known examples of how we are to embrace the downtrodden is in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
But to cloak one's personal gripes, however subconsciously, in the cloak of solidarity with all downtrodden is just plain disingenuous -- to use the nicest word.
It’s perhaps of even greater interest to note that this Jewish support for the downtrodden is almost exclusively done on behalf of groups that are not Jewish.
“People see conservatives as not caring about the downtrodden, which is not true” said McCombs, who said conservatism was about empowering people to succeed for themselves — she mentioned she was especially disappointed with UW students who had protested the state legislature asking for more tuition assistance.
Sitting in a coffee house expounding on the lightness of being, while you quote esoteric quotes to prove how in touch you are with the downtrodden is the equivalent of a hot breeze on a hot day; annoying and needless.
But it is different, for the privileged classes of the past were probably not much superior biologically to the downtrodden, which is why revolutions had a fair chance of success.
Referring to naxalism, she said denial of social and economic justice to the downtrodden was the reason for the marginalised sections being misled to the extremist path.
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Also problematic for this former military-wife turned champion of the downtrodden is the odd tension between her new Republican fan base and her own affection for
That Chaplin was actually a gentile was beside the point: in the eyes of an Aryan nationalist, the comedian's cosmopolitanism and identification with the downtrodden were the essence of Semitic subversion.